Retrolent

The Bronx | 35-49 | Male
About:  Love your life and be open to where it takes you, keep a sense of humor and remember your friends' birthdays. Travel, eat weird food, care for your body. Contemplate The Big Picture and don't forget the importance of a daily structure. Moderate your sinful behavior and vacuum now and then. Own a dog... Read more Read less
Reviews (46)
95
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want a richly complex character drama with inventive staging and unique stakes. Performances are superlative and absorbing. Loved it.

Don't see it if you want fluff, music, or have difficulty with rich language and metaphors. Concentration req'd for this complex coil of action/suggestion.

75
During previews
Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you're an obvious Alanis fan and you want to experience her early-days angst and dreams through a plot. Dynamic and never boring! Colorful!

Don't see it if you're an obvious Alanis fan and you want to enjoy her work without the contrivance of a plot. It feels forced, put-upon and misdirected.

Also I REALLY wanted to like this show. The second half is admittedly more ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy complex over complicated, internal brooding over external articulation, and a "quiet" drama. The staging is simple and exquisite.

Don't see it if you are easily bored or distracted by the pauses between the words or don't like plays that tinker with a linear timeline.

Also I found the men to be much stronger in their performances and interpre... Read more Read less

92
Dust
East Village
Edgy, Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You are brave. This is graphic, violent, gritty, emotional and raw. Acting is superlative—you feel as though you saw ten people, not one.

Don't see it if suicide, emotional pain & sex bother you, or if you don't like intimate theatre. This piece is provoking, no intermission. It's NOT fluff.

90
Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you seek a well-constructed, moving story about people being (mostly) their best at the worst of times. A hopeful piece about The Tragedy.

Don't see it if You require an intermission, get confused by actors playing multiple parts, or demand every song be unique (a lot sounded the same).

70
Indulgent, Great acting, Riveting, Confusing, Intense

See it if you enjoy an unusual take on a classic play with bold casting choices and some truly astonishing performances and interesting staging.

Don't see it if you're easily confused by complicated plots and actors playing multiple roles. Jackson was strong and moving, yet unconvincing as Lear.

90
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy the Bard's classics but want something different, outrageous, sincere, bloody and bold. This is a MacBeth unlike any other.

Don't see it if You don't like teenage girls and manic energies. Avoid if Shakespeare and old English confuse you. This version is NOT for squeamish!

79
During previews
Fluffy, Disappointing, Ambitious, Funny, Great staging

See it if You like raucous musicals with lively banter, incredible set pieces and a generally FUN night out. The "magic" of the theatre is alive!

Don't see it if You want a faithful adaptation of the popular movie—there are massive deviations for character and plot to make it "fit" this medium.

Also The opening numbers in the first act are clever with enjoyable visual ... Read more Read less

80
After
Midtown E
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy compelling and relevant character-driven dramas with a beautiful set, interesting conceit and honest, powerful relationships.

Don't see it if you don't like speeches about feelings and you want stronger actors portraying against archetypes to find new levels. Still, it IS good.

80
Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You like a traditional show about an untraditional subject with great singing, dancing and some anthems. It's enjoyable and fun to watch.

Don't see it if The second act drags a bit with a few too many torch songs, and the conflict doesn't resolve in a terribly clever way, but it's still good.

Also This comment may include SPOILERS.... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if a slice of life story with high stakes for ideal-laden common people suits you. A relevant, honest translation and quality cast. Moving.

Don't see it if you don't understand human emotions, subtlety eludes you, family dynamics confound you, or you work a farm in Russia and want to escape...

Also I couldn't be more impressed with Jay O. Sanders' portrayal of Vanya, ... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if You want a wild tale of friendship, optimism, adventure, exquisite staging, dance & song and an incredible creative evening at the theatre!

Don't see it if You don’t like sponges. Or whimsy. Or spectacle. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but I was blown away by the talent and humor.

69
During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if some good songs, dynamic dancing, lots of flesh, energy, and meandering storylines appeal. The acting is fine, but these are caricatures.

Don't see it if you enjoy a clean plot line or want to relive the era. No real depth, no commitment to a compelling story, never felt like I was "there".

Also I REALLY wanted to like this show, but the whole thing seemed off. Waa... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if an ambitious performance by an actress with Downs Syndrome calls to your untold stories list. The journey isn't perfect, but it has merit.

Don't see it if performance is your thing. Actors played "at" their roles instead of embodying, and the script had odd turns that felt illogical. Too bad.

70
During previews
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if the modern-day conundrum between cultural identity and religious faith intrigues you. The ideas are there, but the execution is tedious.

Don't see it if you're hard of hearing! The acting is so... quiet (and slow) and the identity crisis doesn't connect. Script needs editing, fair acting.

98
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Emotional

See it if A heartfelt, tender, magnificent work by a deeply feeling duo with phenomenal musical talent strikes your fancy. I was deeply moved!

Don't see it if Visual metaphors and emotional singing bothers you, or if you don't like orchestrations with an accordion. Or good stories. Or love.

90
Charm
West Village
Great writing, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun, yet important show with nuanced characters and solid wit that breaks down perceptions and builds up key concepts of identity

Don't see it if you're afraid of alter-concepts of sexual identity, if you're homophobic, racist or closed-minded. A sense of humor and heart are required!

83
I Lost You There
West Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Great writing, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if A small production with a big point of view and one-woman playing multiple character intrigues with quality writing, and a smart twist.

Don't see it if Some plot holes (Pria's ALSO a suicide-hotline worker?) and the accents/character work wasn't as strong as the writing, which detracted.

93
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Relevant

See it if An intimate theatre experience with grit, edge and a TREMENDOUS tour-de-force performance. It's a provoking 80 minutes I won't soon forget.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with accents, sexual themes, some screaming, and intense situations. This is not fluff. Bring your brain... and heart.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy, Funny

See it if Bette! David! Gavin! Color! Light! Music! Dancing! Costumes! Laughs! Antics! Sets! Splendor! Staging! Icons! Fun! Every Little Moment!

Don't see it if If you don't like iconic musical theatre where people magically pop into song/dance. This show is done PERFECTLY for the genre. I Loved It.

95
If I Forget
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if A masterful zenith of edge and import is achieved via a controlled whirl of mental illness, Jewish identity, the decay of dreams and goals.

Don't see it if Jews *may* take offense, but there is no reason not to see this epic-on-a-small-scale play. This one Makes You Think.

95
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You want laugh-out-loud-despite-being-ridiculous setups and pay-offs, visual humor, amazing comic acting and timing and mesmerizing staging.

Don't see it if If you have bad seats sell them to someone else and get Orchs so you can truly appreciate all of the visual gags and dialogue. Worth it!

95
Yen
West Village
Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Must see

See it if you want to experience the full drama of dystopian relationships, wild character portrayals, emotional violence and masterful storytelling.

Don't see it if you're a prude, closed-minded or afraid to engage in authentic tragedy, loss, or humor. This play is keenly aware of its own power. SEE IT.

88
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Great acting, Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like singing, the 80's, teenaged angst, plenty of humor, and a well-made theatre adaptation of a well-made film.

Don't see it if you want an ending as strong as the opening. It starts out great, hums along, manages to disappoint with a weak ending. But still worthy.

90
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Intelligent, Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want consummate performances (Tomei/Elliott), refreshing direction (Cullman), an imaginative set/lighting, and new ideas in older texts.

Don't see it if You're expecting a version from 1951. This piece is reimagined and fresh, dynamic, and rapt with accents, sexual situations, and humor!

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you want to (attempt to) bridge the gap of understanding complex race relations on a insightful level, through an insider's POV.

Don't see it if You don't care about race (or Shakespeare), don't like monologues or being talked at, or if you desire a strong back-and-forth, or a climax.

Also This play frustrated me. I was compelled by it's premise and engaged b... Read more Read less

85
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Refreshing, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you ever wonder what happened to Annie Golden! It's a strange farce with a preposterous premise that delights and entertains throughout.

Don't see it if you don't like loud music and weird humor, don't understand spoofs or blaxploitation... It's fully unserious, yet contains poignant moments.

70
During previews
Insipid, Fluffy, Quirky, Relevant, Funny

See it if you've had relatable and unusual experiences with a dating app. You want to commiserate with others using technology to find The One.

Don't see it if Improv or unscripted elements bother you, bad date humor isn't your thing, or you don't care about the struggles of singles to connect.

88
Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want experience a new musical with original content, outstanding performances/vocals, and an intriguing production stuffed with heart.

Don't see it if You are racist or closed to a moving story about civil rights. Avoid if you don't like music, drama, or thought-provoking shows.

95
During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy cutting-edge, intelligent, dynamic, character drama in a modern form based on an old yet relevant text. I LOVED THIS SHOW.

Don't see it if You're offended by dirty words, don't understand nuance, don't enjoy pathos, don't have a sense of humor, or you want something fluffy.

90
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if a (nearly) perfect, riveting classic revived with top-notch talent, great staging and relevant themes is to your taste. It's STRONG.

Don't see it if family dramas, non-traditional casting or a (somewhat) slower pace bothers you. It builds and unfolds to a seething climax with grit.

Also My fear in writing this paragraph is I will be cited as a bigot, racis... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Cake
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You believe in equality and want to see a conflict of interests and ideologies play out in a generally humorous, mostly poignant way.

Don't see it if You believe the Bible is immutable, lesbians scare you, and you have diabetes.

Also I enjoyed the way this play unfolded with gentle reveals and naturalis... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Riveting, Must see

See it if magic, spectacle and an epic story combined with intimate scenes and important themes appeals. I've never seen anything like it! Amazing!

Don't see it if Occasional loud sounds, sprawling epic constructs, or convoluted plots aren't your thing. You don't need to know backstory, but it helps.

Also I had no idea what to expect from a 6+ hour play in two parts about a ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy unusual theatre (borderline absurd) with smart language, topical themes, clever surprises, and gifted actors digging in.

Don't see it if you don't like swearing, empowered women, journeys of self-discovery, or multiculturalism. Basically, if you're a bigot you should skip it.

89
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if a great night out with FUNNY songs and dialogue, a HILARIOUS second act, and addictive songs and personalities draw you in. We had fun!!

Don't see it if you seek life-altering, profound theatre. This isn't deep, but it's not really fluff either. It's got GREAT pockets and it's FUN. Enjoy!

78
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Disappointing, Resonant

See it if The perspective of a high-school shooting survivor is relevant and this brave work tackles a difficult subject without being preachy.

Don't see it if Storytelling is uneven and some characters are directed to play at one level, but overall it's quality work and worth the emotive journey.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Mark Rylance! Mark Rylance! Mark Rylance! You should see the master in this surprising, witty, beautiful play with an A+ cast and staging.

Don't see it if the only seats available are the back of the upper stage — you'll miss all the action and the requisite FACES of these glorious players!

90
Clever, Funny, Resonant, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if the gay-experience in the aftermath of legalized marriage from a funny guy trying to make sense of the new landscape intrigues you...

Don't see it if a caddy gay man with intelligent, referential humor incites you to throw things at gay people... or to judge.

80
Great acting, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you like testosterone, gorgeous bodies, complex speech, a fairly complicated plot, dynamic sequences with some ultra-violence, and milk.

Don't see it if violence upsets, you have issues with language comprehension, you don't like men, you have an unrelenting needs to compare plays to movies.

95
Absorbing, Smart, Relevant

See it if you want gripping theatre with clear writing, surprising humor, dynamic performances and complex notions to fill your mind. Outstanding!!

Don't see it if you have a problem with self-empowered, intelligent women or require an intermission. Note the spectacle is the writing/acting, not the set.

90
Sweat
Midtown W
Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Intense, Resonant

See it if Experience the nuanced relationships of factory workers in trouble. The writing, acting, staging and story compel! Great time-sequencing.

Don't see it if This ain't fluff. If you want 'light' go elsewhere. There's violence and language and some gut-wrenching moments, and it's all worth it.

95
Matilda
Midtown W
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if for the wordplay and choreography. The show is intelligent and dark and fascinating with iconic characters. There are no dull moments.

Don't see it if You're afraid of children, or if you are a small child. The subject matter is dark and Trenchbull is perfectly frightful—and amazing!!

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Intense, Ambitious

See it if Small theatre with big ideas, actors starting to make their mark, some good moments... Some large ideas are in there... but hard to find.

Don't see it if You like watching people scream to be intense — this show has a ton of it. And a lot of Fucks. A lot a lot. So many it's a crutch...

100
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if A large-scale human drama on a small-scale. We come to love and pity and fear for these characters as if they were our own family.

Don't see it if Watching masterfully written characters sort out their troubles causes you discomfort. But then, you wouldn't be on this site at all...!

90
The Present
Midtown W
Riveting, Bold, Great acting, Bizarre, Insightful

See it if Chekhov, Blanchett and Roxburgh at their best! After I attuned to the translation and figured out the characters I was utterly absorbed.

Don't see it if You're tired. The play requires a modicum of concentration, especially at the start, to appreciate the complicated relationships/histories.

Also I would see it again, with this cast, in a heartbeat.

90
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Challenging

See it if You have an open mind to a modern interpretation of a 100-year old play. The story is relevant and the production design is ASTONISHING!

Don't see it if You're expecting this Eugene O'Neill to be traditionally performed. It may seem "stilted" or "contrived" to purists, but it's BOLD & FRESH!